Super-gonorrhea has seen a shocking rise in Britain as the STI puts up a fight against antibiotics.
Health chiefs have warned treatment for the disease has become less effective amid cases soaring.
A report by Public Health England (PHE) has revealed resistance to three of the key drugs used to treat the infection – ciprofloxacin, cefixime and azithromycin – has grown.
It comes after officials warned Britain had contracted the “world’s worst ever” case of super-gonorrhea after a man romped with a woman in South East Asia.
He told medics he had a regular partner in the UK but did have “sexual contact” with a woman while he was away.
The man has since been cured after three days of intravenous treatment with antibiotic ertapenem.
Figures from 2017 show ciprofloxacin is now powerless in 36.4 percent of cases of gonorrhea – a rise from 33.7 percent in 2016.
While azithromycin was resistant in 9.2 percent of cases compared to 4.7 percent the year before.
About 78 million people are infected with gonorrhea each year, according to the World Health Organization.
It is the second most common form of STI in England.
It affects the genitals, rectum and throat, producing a thick green or yellow discharge from the vagina or penis.
One in ten men and almost half of infected women will not experience any symptoms.
It can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, infertility and an increased risk of HIV.
Last month, it was revealed rates of sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, chlamydia and super gonorrhea are reaching record highs.
Millions of new infections have been recorded over the last four years alone in the US, health chiefs have said.
It comes after it emerged cases of syphilis reported in England have reached the highest level since 1949 — up almost 150 percent in 10 years.
Dr. Helen Fifer, PHE consultant microbiologist, said: “Gonorrhoea can be serious if untreated, with possible long-term health problems including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. The best way to protect yourself is to always use condoms with new and casual partners.”
“Last year new cases of gonorrhea increased by 22 percent in England with many cases becoming more resistant to antibiotics. We expect to see further cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea in the future, which will be challenging for healthcare professionals to manage.”